Dragon Cafe in central Dunedin, which is to be demolished.
Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
Abandoned buildings in Rattray St, Dunedin, are to be
demolished in February after standing damaged and empty for
The historic N. & E. S. Paterson Ltd and Barrons
Buildings, which housed the Dragon Cafe, have been fenced off
for nearly three years since the roof of the Barrons Building
collapsed in January 2011.
A demolition order has been in place since March 2011.
It has been suggested several times since, by both the Scenic
Circle group, which owns the N. & E. S. Paterson Ltd
Building and occupies the site behind the properties, and
demolition company Lund, that the structures were on the
brink of falling.
Property owner Lincoln Darling has made little comment, but
yesterday confirmed the buildings would come down in
An advertised closure of Rattray St between Princes St and
Broadway from January 5-10 was related to the removal of the
neon Dragon Cafe sign, he said.